Sam Martin, Austin Morgan and Jeremiah Kreisberg all were regular contributors to the Yale men’s basketball team last winter. The three also were quite successful in the classroom, and as a result, have been named to the 2012-13 Honors Court by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
The illustrious history of New England basketball was celebrated Saturday night in Worcester, Mass., at the 2013 New England Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Yale was well represented as five former Bulldogs were honored. Chris Dudley ’87, Frank Maturo ’80, Dick Shea ’79, Mark Yellin ’55 and Sam Kaplan ’07 were all inducted as Scholar Athletes.
The last few weeks of the spring semester provided a learning experience outside of Yale’s classrooms for four members of the men’s basketball team. Greg Kelley, Sam Martin, Justin Sears and Brandon Sherrod spent time volunteering at New Haven’s Celentano School. The four worked primarily on literacy projects with a kindergarten class.
The 2012-13 Yale men’s basketball team gathered for one final time for the annual post-season banquet last Wednesday night at the Yale Golf Course. The Bulldogs celebrated the season and handed out the team awards.
Jesse Pritchard, who was introduced as the captain of the 2013-14 Yale men’s basketball team at the postseason banquet on Wednesday night, has a simple philosophy when it comes to leading the team. It’s the same philosophy he used when he served as a captain for his high school team back in Ames, Iowa.
Chris Dudley '87, a three-time first team All-Ivy selection at Yale who went on to play 16 seasons in the NBA, will be inducted into the Scholar-Athlete Category of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on June 22.
Senior Austin Morgan was the model of consistency during his career with the Yale men’s basketball team. That didn’t always result in individual recognition. Fortunately that has changed following another solid season. Morgan, who led the Bulldogs in scoring, has been named to the All-Ivy second team, the first time in his career he earned All-Ivy recognition.
The season ended in fitting fashion for the Yale men’s basketball team. Yale’s depth and balance was never more on display than in Saturday’s 79-65 victory over Penn in the season finale before 1,762 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Princeton seems to bring out the best in the Yale offense. For the second time this season, the Bulldogs shot lights out in knocking off the Tigers 71-66 Friday at a raucous John J. Lee Amphitheater. Yale, which won 69-65 at Princeton in February, swept the season series from the Tigers for the first time since 2008.
Michael Grace, Sam Martin and Austin Morgan share a common bond. The three arrived together at Yale in 2009, and over the last four years have grown together, both on and off the basketball court. There have been good times and bad times, but the three have always stuck together.
The Yale Athletics Department will host a raffle and silent auction this Saturday, Mar. 9, during the men’s basketball game vs. Penn. Tip-off is 7p.m. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the Newtown Park and Recreation’s Dickinson Memorial Playground Gift Fund in honor of the children of Sandy Hook.
Yale’s offensive struggles lasted just one night. After shooting 31.1 percent from the field against Columbia on Friday, the Bulldogs responded in a big way. Yale executed near flawlessly in the first half Saturday against Cornell, built a 14-point lead and went on to an impressive 79-70 victory over the Big Red before 2,150 at Newman Arena.
Columbia’s Maodo Lo entered Friday’s game with Yale averaging 5.4 points on the season. After 20 minutes, it didn’t appear that was going to change much. Lo, though, went off in the second half, scoring 16 of his career-high 20 points to lead the Lions to a 59-46 victory before 2,022 at Levien Gym.
The final road trip of the regular season takes the Bulldogs to New York. Yale travels to Columbia on Friday and is at Cornell on Saturday. Tipoff on both nights is set for 7 p.m. With two weekends left, the Bulldogs (11-16, 5-5 Ivy) sit in a tie with Cornell for third place in the Ivy League. Yale has placed fourth or better in league play in each of the last 12 years and is looking to finish with a winning league record for the third straight year and for the fifth time in the last seven years.
Harvard's Christian Webster made only three field goals in Saturday's game with Yale. Each one, though, sure was significant. The result was a hard-fought 72-66 victory for the Crimson before a very enthusiastic crowd of the 2,139 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
As they head down the home stretch of the regular season, the Bulldogs are playing perhaps their best basketball. Yale has won three of its last four games heading into a big home weekend. The Bulldogs host Dartmouth on Friday at 7 p.m. and Harvard on Saturday at 8 p.m. The game with the Crimson will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. Don Criqui will handle the play by play, while Alaa Abdelnaby provides analysis.
Once Yale figured out how to slow down Alex Mitola, it was smooth sailing Friday against Dartmouth. Mitola scored 17 of his career-high 27 points in the first half to keep the Big Green close. The Bulldogs, though, limited him to 10 in the second half and pulled away for a 78-67 victory before 1,207 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
After back-to-back weekends on the road, the Bulldogs are back in the friendly confines of the John J. Lee Amphitheater this weekend. Yale hosts Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday. Tip off on both nights is slated for 7 p.m.
After last weekend’s sweep of the Penn-Princeton road trip, Yale head coach James Jones thought his team would come out with a little pep in its step Friday against Cornell. Instead, it was the Big Red that got off to a quick start. That and poor foul shouting doomed the Bulldogs in a 68-61 loss before 1,173 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
A snowy weekend in the Northeast turned out to be quite memorable for the Yale men’s basketball team. Javier Duren scored 13 points to lead three players in double figures as the Bulldogs completed a weekend sweep with a 69-65 victory over Princeton before 2,975 at Jadwin Gym.
Yale went to what it does best to earn an important Ivy League victory at Penn on Friday. The Bulldogs grabbed 21 offensive rebounds, turned them into 19 second-chance points and earned a hard-fought 68-59 win over the Quakers before 2,810 at the Palestra.
Yale saw first-hand last year that Dartmouth’s Gabas Maldunas was one of the top young players in the Ivy League when he scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a Bulldogs’ victory at Leede Arena. Maldunas wasn’t quite as effective on Saturday, but he got more help from his teammates as the Big Green knocked off Yale 71-62 before 1,007 at Leede.